'Average' farms face $250k deficit

DairyNZ CEO Dr Tim Mackle advises farmers to manage their finances judiciously.

DairyNZ is warning farmers to carefully manage their spending with a looming season deficit of up to $250,000 for an average property.

Farm values confidence dented

The trend of converting pastoral farms to dairy may be reversed if milk prices continue to dip.

Buyers who had bought dairy farms in the last few years based on high milk prices "should be a bit worried" say Quotable Value.

Co-op comparisons don't help

Frank Brenmuhl cautions critics about jumping to conclusions when they compare Fonterra with other dairy co-operatives.

Comparing payouts of dairy co-ops serves little purpose in the added value debate a farming leader claims.

Drought pain continues

All Black great Sir John Kirwan gives comforting words to farmers struggling with drought.

Canterbury farmers are soldiering on in the hope that a warm and wet spring might finally deliver them some relief from a long drought.

Costly weed resistance warning

Foundation for Arable Research's research dirctor Nick Poole, left, with Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Eric Watson. Poole says New Zealand growers have 15 years up their sleeves to deal with weed resistance to agrichemicals.

7:19 AM  NZ's arable farmers warned to be careful in avoiding a resistance to agrichemicals.

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Lessons from farming couples

A good farm dog is invaluable

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Managing the euro risk

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Collaboration behind success

Better business in downcycles

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Co-op comparisons don't help

Frank Brenmuhl cautions critics about jumping to conclusions when they compare Fonterra with other dairy co-operatives.

Comparing Fonterra's payout with the performance of other dairy co-ops serves little purpose in the added value debate a farming leader claims.

Waikato region facing $1 billion loss under a $4 payout

AgFirst's annual financial survey has a grim outlook for the Waikato.

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

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Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

You can only control employment

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

Sheep

Next to no rain prolongs drought

All Black great Sir John Kirwan gives comforting words to farmers struggling with drought.

Canterbury farmers are soldiering on in the hope that a warm and wet spring might finally deliver them some relief from a long drought.

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Wairarapa designer Emma Warren's "Bound by 8" glueless woollen shoes, built around wool's inherent felting properties, have scored her a spot in the finals of the international Dyson design awards.

Woolly thinking could win $80k

She grew up on a Wairarapa sheep farm, now she's rebooting fashionable shoes.

cropping

Costly weed resistance warning

Foundation for Arable Research's research dirctor Nick Poole, left, with Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Eric Watson. Poole says New Zealand growers have 15 years up their sleeves to deal with weed resistance to agrichemicals.

7:19 AM  NZ's arable farmers warned to be careful in avoiding a resistance to agrichemicals.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Long term approach yields results

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

agribusiness

Ravensdown moves into new office

Ravensdown's Hornby site has been the temporary home for 125 staff until now.

7:21 AM  Major fertiliser co-op shifts into its new offices after being shaken out of its old headquarters by the Christchurch earthquakes.

'Average' farms face $250k deficit

DairyNZ is warning farmers to carefully manage their spending with a looming season deficit of up to $250,000 for an average property.

The trend of converting pastoral farms to dairy may be reversed if milk prices continue to dip.

Auction dents confidence in farm values

Buyers who had bought dairy farms in the last few years based on high milk prices "should be a bit worried" say Quotable Value.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

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A man and his pig - give me a break

OPINION: There are a lot of subliminal messages going on in the postman and the little pig ad.

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